Comedians taping TV show at Kaiserslautern
Stars and Stripes May 15, 2008
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Comedians Bill Bellamy, Rodney Perry and Tommy Ford will visit Germany this month to tape two shows for Bellamy’s "Who’s Got Jokes" TV series.
The comedians will conduct tapings for the TV One network show on May 24 in Kaiserslautern, according to U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern.
The Kaiserslautern event will take place at Rhine Ordnance Barracks’ special events center, Building 237, with tapings at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., according to a garrison flier.
"This is just our way of doing our part as comedians to bring some laughter to our guys and girls in the military," said Perry, who served in the Navy from 1990 to 1998. "Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes" is clean comedy at its finest, Perry said.
Eight comedians will crack jokes with Belamy serving as emcee, Ford reigning as the "Pope of Comedy" and Perry performing audience interviews during the show.
Because the tapings are for the show’s wild card and semifinal rounds, audience members are assured the show’s "cream of the crop," Perry said. Three judges will be picked from the audience and will rate each contestant using a 1-5 scale.
Also on May 24, the men will visit wounded servicemembers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The comedians will perform stand-up routines for troops on May 26 at 8 p.m. on Stuttgart’s Patch Barracks and May 27 at 8 p.m. in Spangdahlem Air Base’s Club Eifel. At both locations, cameras will capture additional footage for the show.
Bellamy, whose film credits include "Getting Played" and "Any Given Sunday," hosts the show along with Ford and Perry.
Ford, of "Martin" fame, makes sure the comedians on the stage keep their jokes hilarious, but clean — yes, that means no cussin’, according to the show’s Web site.
Perry (Cousin Lump from "Johnson Family Vacation") takes the laughter to the streets with his wacky "Man on the Street" and behind-the-scenes interviews, according to the show’s Web site. Perry is scheduled to conduct impromptu interviews with troops during the visit to Germany.
The event is part of a "Who’s Got Jokes" United Service Organizations/Armed Forces Entertainment tour.
"I want to see the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines out there," Perry said. "I got jokes for everybody."